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Key Features

Runme UX

Easily switch between different views.

Open the notebook version

split view in vs code

Open the markdown version

markdown version

Shebang Support (via interpreter)

Runme supports a set of different interpreter for you to run cells in. To define an interpreter you can either:

  • set a language id for the fenced code block
    puts 'Hello World'
  • set a shebang for the cell
    print('Hello World!')
  • set cell interpreter cell property as frontmatter
    ```js { "interpreter": "node" }
    console.log('Hello World!')
    or via VS Code cell option: set cell interpreter

Supported Interpreters

Check the list of auto-detected interpreters here for a complete list.

Markdown Editor

Run a command block

It's straightforward to run one-time command blocks directly from the raw markdown using VS Code's CodeLense feature. And, what's even more convenient is that any changes made to the environment stay even when switching between markdown and notebook views.

run a command in vs code

Open block in notebook

Jump right into your Markdown's notebook view at the respective block from your editor view.

run a command in vs code

Runme Notebook

Run a command block

To run a command, simply click the run button (may require your mouse over the command in some themes). You will notice that this turns into a stop button for hung or long-running commands, which can be used to kill the terminal process.

run a command in vs code

A succeeding exit code will be indicated with the small green checkbox seen below:

checkmark when running a command

You can also open the terminal that did the execution by clicking the “Open Terminal” button as shown above with its PID.

Copy & paste

Outside of literally running commands, Runme offers the ability to quickly copy commands (with the click of a button) out of a markdown file to paste into your terminal.

copy paste in runme

Run all command blocks

To run all the commands in the notebook in the order they are found, you can click the “Run All” button.

runn all commands with runme

To be extra safe, you will be prompted before each step to confirm your intentions unless you select “Skip Prompt and run all”.

confirm run all commands

Run with Runme Deep Linking

You can use Runme to on-board developers with a simple click on a button. It will trigger VS Code to clone a repository and open it for the user with a specific markdown file opened, e.g. an onboarding markdown file to have the user get started with the project:

You can create such a link using the following structure:

Runme URL Schema Structure


Please note that you can use SSH or HTTPS notations for the repository parameter. In the above's example just replace with respectively.

You can put this as HTML link on any website, e.g.:

<a href="vscode://stateful.runme?command=setup&repository=">Getting onboarded to Project</a>

You can also just have Runme check out any arbitrary markdown file accessible from the internet. This can be useful when designing tutorials for user to go through or if your documentation is not connected to any code. For this use case rmeove the repository parameter and have fileToOpen be an url to a raw markdown file that is publicly accessible.

Runme URL Schema Structure

By adding the following badge to your, developers will be able to check out your project with a simple click:


Which will result in:

Runme Cells

Chain Cell Output

With the $__ parameter you can transfer the stdout result of the last execution into your next execution:

split view in vs code


Please be aware that if the execution of a cell depends on the standard output (stdout) of a preceding cell, it is imperative to execute these cells sequentially. Failure to adhere to this sequence could lead to unintended and unpredictable behavior.


  • Execute command blocks via a simple ️⏯ play button instead of copy&paste-ing into your terminal
  • Leverage placeholder and prompts to have readers interactively complete ENV VARs
  • Fine-tune your doc's executable notebook cells to streamline the execution experience for others
  • Run watchers for compilation/bundling in as background tasks
  • Capture non-interactive output directly inside the respective notebook's cell output
  • Control whether or not a cell's terminal should remain open after successful execution
  • Use language identifiers in fenced code blocks to forgo language detection and higher reliability
  • Set a cell's output MIME type to render images, JSON, or any other format in human-compatible ways